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  • anikwi63

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    I'll be in Kuala Lumpur January 24, just after the Chinese New Year. I regret that I could not be just in time.

    I know that the celebration lasts 15 days and ends with a feast of lanterns. But nowhere I could find information, what happens during this time.

    Does anyone have information on January 24? I will be there only one day after arrival. if anything interesting is happening then in kuala lumpur?

    I will be grateful for any information. greetings

    #1 Posted: 10/1/2012 - 17:14

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  • aivee

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    24th January is the 2nd day of Chinese New Year and it's a day where the Chinese will visit their relatives and friends. The first day is normally reserved for family members.

    It'll be pretty quiet in Kuala Lumpur during that time of the festival except for the shopping centres. If you are lucky, you may get to attend some open houses (where the chinese opens up their houses for friends) by the politicians or Chinese Associations.

    Chinatown would be pretty busy but honestly many would travel back to their hometowns and the streets would normally be a hangout for foreign workers.

    Have a good time :)

    #2 Posted: 13/1/2012 - 06:02

  • AbgAcid

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    Hi anikwi
    The lion dance will be buzy after CNY. They go from shops to shops performing the dance amongst the exploding fire crackers that are hung from ceiling. This is a popular event where locals and foreingers love to see. They dance on the street and enter a shop where there crackers start firing. At the end of the exploding fire crackers (near the celing) is the angpow, (money in a red envelope) This is the climax for the show, where the lion will leap up high to collect it. The proccess goes on to the next shop. Great!


    #3 Posted: 13/1/2012 - 22:15

  • anikwi63

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    Thank you very much for your helpful advice and tips.

    I understand that "open house" is only for relatives, friends and workmates?

    I'm pleased to see a lion dance in Kuala Lumpur. I come from Europe and I have never had occasion to see that events.

    I return to Kuala Lumpur on February 7 also specifically for the Thaipusam festival.

    When I reading about CNY, I read that 15 days after the New Year (Feb. 7?) is celebrated the "feast of lanterns." Do you know something more about how this is done in Kuala Lumpur?

    I will be grateful for any information:)


    #4 Posted: 14/1/2012 - 05:01

  • SimplyEnak

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    Hi Anikwi,

    On the day you are in KL there will be a Lion Dance at 3pm near the Central Market (close to China Town).

    You can read more about it in one of the posts on the Central Market's facebook: www.facebook.com/cm1888.

    Happy Chinese New Year to you.


    #5 Posted: 20/1/2012 - 20:47

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